Hillcrest Mennonite Church (Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada)
10306 102 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2W3. (780) 532-1164. Minister Cyril D. Isaac served in 2000 as a congregational leader. In 1965 there were 25 members; in 1975, 18; in 1985, 49; in 1995, 47; in 2000 57. The congregation has been affiliated with Mennonite Church Alberta (1965-), the Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1974-) and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1965-1999). The language of worship is English.
The congregation began services in 1957, and formally organized in 1963. The first building was occupied in 1960, with a subsequent building program in 1980. John Friesen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by Conference of Mennonites in Canada Mission Board.
The congregation in 1989 was the location of the Hillcrest Mennonite Centre, sponsoring a grade 1-12 Christian school, a day-care centre, a counseling program, and residence facilities for up to ten persons with special needs.
The congregation was plagued in its early history by internal conflict. "Since 1978 the Holy Spirit has lead Hillcrest into great unity and a multi-faceted ministry including daycare, school, counselling, bookstore, and residence for those needing mental, emotional, spiritual help. Over half of the congregation during the 1980s had no Mennonite background." (MHSC info sheet)
Canadian Mennonite (18 March 1960): 9.
Mennonite Reporter (15 September 1980): 4; (30 October 1989): 15.
Unpublished cong. history, 1960, 2 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Dick, C. L. The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of its Churches and Institutions. Edmonton: The Mennonite Conference of Alberta, 1981, 147 pp.
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